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Mars Weather Report At Gale Crater
2012-09-29 05:18:57

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA's Curiosity rover has sent back a Martian weather report, showing surprisingly mild daytime temperatures. The rover's Remote Environment Monitoring Station (REMS) is the latest Martian meteorologist, and it has been keeping NASA updated with the weather on the Red Planet around Gale Crater. The latest data shows the average daytime air temperatures have reached a peak of 42 degrees Fahrenheit on Mars around Curiosity....

2012-09-27 10:20:29

PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA's Curiosity rover mission has found evidence a stream once ran vigorously across the area on Mars where the rover is driving. There is earlier evidence for the presence of water on Mars, but this evidence - images of rocks containing ancient streambed gravels - is the first of its kind. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) Scientists are studying the images of stones cemented into a...

Curiosity Finds Evidence Of Ancient Mars Stream
2012-09-27 13:51:33

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been almost two months since NASA's Curiosity rover landed on Mars and it has already found evidence of an ancient stream on the Red Planet. Curiosity ran up upon a series of stones cemented into a layer of conglomerate rock and shot back some images of the Martian features back to NASA. NASA said the sizes and shapes of those stones offer clues to the speed and distance of an ancient stream's flow. "From the size of...

2012-08-09 14:20:32

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The first images from Curiosity's color Mast Camera (Mastcam) have been received by scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif. The 130 low-resolution thumbnails, which were received Thursday morning, provide scientists and engineers of NASA's newest Mars rover their first color, horizon-to-horizon glimpse of Gale Crater. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "After a year in cold...

NASA’s Curiosity Mars Rover Lands In Perfect Spot, Produces Stunning Images
2012-08-09 08:12:50

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online NASA scientists are continuing to celebrate the successful landing of its Curiosity rover and after poring over data to determine the precise point of impact, space officials are even more excited to find that it actually made touchdown in the best spot possible from a scientific point-of-view. And better yet, the rover is sending back visually stunning images from the Martian landscape, images that NASA scientists are likening to...

2012-08-07 14:20:09

PASADENA, Calif., Aug. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Late Monday night, an image from the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter captured the Curiosity rover and the components that helped it survive its seven-minute ordeal from space to its present location in Mars' Gale Crater. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20081007/38461LOGO) "This latest image is another demonstration of the invaluable assistance the Mars...

Get Ready For Seven Minutes Of Terror
2012-08-05 14:44:03

[ Follow Our Live Blog Coverage ] | [ Watch the Video "Seven Minutes of Terror" ] April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Curiosity Rover is approaching the red planet at about 8,000 mph, on the way to its date with destiny and the history books. However, that is not the upper limit of speed for Curiosity. Mar's gravity is taking hold and pulling the rover down hard. By the time the spacecraft hits the top of Mars' atmosphere, about seven minutes before touchdown, Martian...

Image 1 - NASA Ready For November Launch Of Mars Science Laboratory Mission
2011-11-11 04:17:57

NASA's most advanced mobile robotic laboratory, which will examine one of the most intriguing areas on Mars, is in final preparations for a launch from Florida's Space Coast at 10:25 a.m. EST (7:25 a.m. PST) on Nov. 25. The Mars Science Laboratory mission will carry Curiosity, a rover with more scientific capability than any ever sent to another planet. The rover is now sitting atop an Atlas V rocket awaiting liftoff from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. "Preparations are on track for...

Curiosity Rover To Investigate The Strange Attraction Of Gale Crater
2011-10-01 07:05:44

[ Watch the Video ] Curiosity is about to go to Mars.  The car-sized rover, also known as the Mars Science Lab, is scheduled for launch in late November or early December 2011 from the Kennedy Space Center.  After an eight-month voyage to Mars, Curiosity will land at the foot of a 3 mile high mountain in a crater named "Gale." It sounds a little odd–a mountain in the middle of an impact crater. Wouldn't the impact have smashed it flat? Some scientists believe the 96 mile...

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2011-07-22 12:35:00

NASA announced on Friday that the location for its Mars rover would be a layered mountain inside the planet's Gale crater. The Curiosity rover is scheduled to launch late in 2011 and land on the red planet in August 2012.  The new target is 96 miles in diameter and holds a mountain that rises higher than Mount Rainier rises above Seattle, according to NASA. The space agency said Gale crater is about the size of Connecticut and Rhode Island combined. "Mars is firmly in our sights,"...